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Letter 1349

Darwin, C. R. to Hooker, Maria (a)

31 Aug [1850?]

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    Expresses sympathy to MSH on W. J. Hooker's illness.

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    Will send his comments on Hodgson's physico-geographical memoir ["On the physical geography of the Himalayas", J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 18 (1849): 761–88] directly to him.


Down Farnborough Kent

Aug 31.

Dear Lady Hooker

I am truly sorry to hear of Sir William's illness & sincerely hope he may soon recover his strength: pray give him my kind regards & thanks for the enclosed note & extract.— I had never even heard of Mr Hodgson's Physico=geographical memoir: if a copy has ever come for me, it may be lying at some of the Societies, in which case I shall probably soon receive it.— Whenever I read it, should I have anything to remark, I will assuredly write direct to Mr Hodgson.—

I am delighted to hear that your son is enjoying the grand Sylhet mountains.—

Pray believe me. | Yours sincerely obliged | C. Darwin

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    f1 1349.f1
    W. J. Hooker suffered from a serious recurrent throat ailment (see Allan 1967, p. 188).
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    f2 1349.f2
    Hodgson 1849.
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    f3 1349.f3
    See letter from J. D. Hooker, 6 and 7 April 1850. Hooker set out on his expedition to the Khasia Hills and Silhet on 1 May 1850.
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